From “Discipleship and Discipline” by William H. Hicks, copyright March, 2005:

“A truth cannot always be accessed empirically.  Science can only aid one’s journey towards a fuller knowledge of who God is, and ultimately, can only provide a partial glimpse of the nature and character of God.  A disciple is a persistent, consistent seeker after God.  A disciple yearns and searches after any scrap of knowledge available about his God; yet, that yearning may leave him vulnerable to those who would take advantage of his searching spirit.  The followers of Jim Jones and David Cyrus come sadly to mind.  So where is the answer?  If God is only partially accessed by empirical pursuits, how then can a disciple gain greater, more intimate knowledge of God?

Jesus provides the answer during His conversation with the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well.  “Woman, believe Me, an hour is coming when neither in this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father… But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true (in actual fact) worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers.  God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”  (John 4: 21, <st1:bcv_smarttag>23 – 24).  That which is true is a matter of fact; that which is truth is a matter of faith.””


William H. “Bill” Hicks is a graduate of Wesleyan University, BA, Religion, 1971 who also holds a Masters in Public Health Degree (MPH) from the University of Oklahoma Hudson College of Public Health (1973). Bill also has studied at the Dallas Theological Seminary. He grew up in Harlem, New York City, USA during the 1950s and 1960s, graduating from high school before attending Mount Hermon Preparatory School and undergraduate school in Connecticut. He has spent most of his professional life in the public health arena, while being constantly in ministry. He received his license to preach the Gospel at Oklahoma City, OK in 1971. He has written extensively on Christian topics. He enjoys life in Chattanooga, TN with former District Public Defender Ardena Garth Hicks, his wife of 30 years. They have two daughters, Rachel (BA, University of Memphis magna cum laude, 2014) and Sarah (Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude, Global Scholar, University of Tulsa, 2017).
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